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Play Reading - Online Play Reading: 'Jerusalem' By Jez Butterworth

The readings will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com if you would like the URL link for the session. Further information about the play can be found by clicking on the link below.    If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com so that we can do some prior arranging of parts. You are also welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.     Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth [http://email.criteriontheatre.co.uk/c/eJwljcsOwiAURL-m7CRcoGgXLEzV_6D0WrA8DKXp70tjMpvJ5MyZtZIIxGvOODDgACAV9BTo8GBMjuzZmuIj7zvJbPEVi8-pOjS1ILWZ7itxJ4zmxqCXkxKzhSvCYKVFnA2gsG8StKv1u3Xi3vFXy3EcNHm7Oixpynnd_ldt-WDZNxMwkqJNXJp18SGYeFkKYjqV8Qco2zfv]    

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

27th January from 19:30 to 22:00

An Audition Of: Underneath The Lintel

We have great pleasure in advertising the opportunity to audition for this forthcoming production directed by Richard Warren.  PRODUCTION RUN Between June and September 2021. Date of performance to be confirmed in accordance with assessment of Covid situation. PLAY SYNOPSIS We are in a half-empty theatre. A middle-aged man appears, with a battered suitcase and a story he is clearly keen to tell. He's a librarian in a small Dutch town, and his job is to handle the overdue books. One day a book was returned anonymously: 113 years late. Who brought it back - and why? All the librarian has to go on is a clue scribbled in a margin, and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket. How does he solve this mystery? And how does it change his life? That's what he's come here tonight to tell us....   Glen Berger's 2001 one-man play is a modern fable, neatly wrapped in a detective story, with something very powerful to say about humanity.   It's a beautiful, funny, moving piece of storytelling (and no small challenge for an actor).    Critical reaction:  "_The clues surface and mount, tease and taunt, and what might appear to be little more than a dull literary exploration becomes a dark and complex mystery that transcends the ages_." Variety  "_.... one of a handful of great plays written in the last five years.... it's an astonishingly beautiful piece of writing...._" Seattle Weekly   CASTING REQUIREMENTS   1 actor, able to play male aged 50s/60s    AUDITION DATES We are offering two opportunities for the auditions and these will be conducted by Zoom.  14th February 2021 4pm to 6pm 15th February 2021 8pm to 10 pm    Please contact artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk for further details of the play, audition process and the Zoom links.   You do not have to be a Criterion member to audition for a role. Auditions and casting are exercised in accordance with our EDI policy [/../../../edi/policy].   In line with our new EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Underneath the Lintel' -The character of the librarian is Jewish and elderly and there could be flexibility around race/ethnicity. Has to be played as a male character. The story includes a theme of the consequences of anti-Semitic discrimination.

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

14th February from 16:00 to 18:00

Audition - Underneath The Lintel

We have great pleasure in advertising the opportunity to audition for this forthcoming production directed by Richard Warren.  PRODUCTION RUN Between June and September 2021. Date of performance to be confirmed in accordance with assessment of Covid situation. PLAY SYNOPSIS We are in a half-empty theatre. A middle-aged man appears, with a battered suitcase and a story he is clearly keen to tell. He's a librarian in a small Dutch town, and his job is to handle the overdue books. One day a book was returned anonymously: 113 years late. Who brought it back - and why? All the librarian has to go on is a clue scribbled in a margin, and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket. How does he solve this mystery? And how does it change his life? That's what he's come here tonight to tell us....   Glen Berger's 2001 one-man play is a modern fable, neatly wrapped in a detective story, with something very powerful to say about humanity.   It's a beautiful, funny, moving piece of storytelling (and no small challenge for an actor).    Critical reaction:  "_The clues surface and mount, tease and taunt, and what might appear to be little more than a dull literary exploration becomes a dark and complex mystery that transcends the ages_." Variety  "_.... one of a handful of great plays written in the last five years.... it's an astonishingly beautiful piece of writing...._" Seattle Weekly   CASTING REQUIREMENTS   1 actor, able to play male aged 50s/60s    AUDITION DATES We are offering two opportunities for the auditions and these will be conducted by Zoom.  14th February 2021 4pm to 6pm 15th February 2021 8pm to 10 pm    Please contact artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk for further details of the play, audition process and the Zoom links.   You do not have to be a Criterion member to audition for a role. Auditions and casting are exercised in accordance with our EDI policy [/../../../edi/policy].   In line with our new EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Underneath the Lintel' -The character of the librarian is Jewish and elderly and there could be flexibility around race/ethnicity. Has to be played as a male character. The story includes a theme of the consequences of anti-Semitic discrimination.

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

15th February from 20:00 to 22:00

Play Reading - Online Play Reading: 'The Gift' By Janice Okoh

Just like the Radio 4 Play for the Day!  Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen's circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa, but will she go? The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman living in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess. The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won't be your regular tea party… An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation – and tea – Janice Okoh's _The Gift_ premiered at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry in January 2020, followed by a UK tour, including a run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London. It was a co-production between Eclipse Theatre Company and the Belgrade Theatre, and directed by Dawn Walton.  The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com if you would like the URL link for the session.  Further information about the play can be found by clicking on the link below.    If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.     The Gift by Janice Okoh [http://email.criteriontheatre.co.uk/c/eJwljcEOgyAQBb9GbiXsiqgHDo1t_wNwRaJCgzT-fmmavMvkJTOzVpKABY0CQQACgFTQceDjQwg5iWclhRN2jRQuh0I5pFhWMiUTd4l_Nrbq3kmzDAOQsQqpByfV7DoprW0HFMvIdr2W8j6b9t7gq-66Lh6D21bK0aa0nX9Vfar65sNSWNbm8DXqw76b4-YzUfwVjy_Z9jbz]   In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'The Gift' by Janice Okoh has a central diversity message notably an exploration of what it means to be of African heritage in Britain and forms of historical and contemporary racism. The playwright specifies the race/ethnicity of particular roles as important to the narrative of the story.    This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

3rd March from 19:30 to 22:00

Online - '3 Women' By Katy Brand: Open Reading And Audition Notice

3 WOMEN' BY KATY BRAND We have great pleasure in advertising the reading and opportunity to audition for this forthcoming production. The production run will be (hopefully!) between July and September 2021. The dates of performance are to be confirmed in accordance with assessment of the Covid-19 situation and subject to performance rights availability.  PLAY INFORMATION 3 Women is a funny and frank play by comedian and writer Katy Brand. The story places three generations of women from the same family in a hotel suite for on the evening before a wedding. As the evening progresses and the champagne flows, their resentments old and new surface, alongside their family bonds and affections. The play considers their experiences as women of different generations in a funny and engaging way as the wedding approaches. Bill Butler will be directing this play. He intends to cast the play and to hold initial rehearsals online with a view to having the play ready to stage at the Criterion as soon as we are able. READING This will be held online at 7:30pm on Sunday 7th March 2021 and is a relaxed and informal chance to read the play. Please contact Bill at wab16a@gmail.com for the private link to the reading.  OPEN AUDITIONS Open auditions will then be by appointment in the week commencing 15th March. The auditions will be held online. Those interested in auditioning should contact Bill at wab16a@gmail.com  You do not have to be a Criterion member to audition for a role. Auditions and casting are exercised in accordance with our EDI policy. EDI INFORMATION In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. '3 Women' by Katy Brand has a diversity message at its centre, including issues of gender identity. The playwright specifies that one character should be of mixed heritage and the story would be enhanced by looking for multi-ethnic and gender identity fluidity within casting. CAST: Suzanne: able to play 40s, a bit soft and scruffy, Laurie’s mother, Eleanor’s daughter Eleanor: able to play 60s, elegant and well put together. Suzanne’s mother and Laurie’s grandmother Laurie: able to play 18, androgynous, ideally mixed heritage. Suzanne’s daughter and Eleanor’s granddaughter Rufus: able to play early 20s, provider of room service, androgynous, drifting but open.

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

7th March from 19:30 to 22:00

Play Reading - Online Play Reading: 'The Welkin' By Lucy Kirkwood

Just like the Radio 4 Play for the Day!  Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. Cast: 13-16f 2-4m Lucy Kirkwood's play _The Welkin_ premiered at the National Theatre, London, in January 2020, directed by James Macdonald and featuring Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz. The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com if you would like the URL link for the session.     If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.    In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'The Welkin' by Lucy Kirkwood has a central diversity message notably an exploration of historical sexism and its implications for contemporary women's everyday experiences. Casting specifies gender of roles but there is neturality around age and race/ethnicity.    This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

31st March from 19:30 to 22:00

Play Reading - Online Play Reading: 'Clybourne Park' By Bruce Norris

Just like the Radio 4 Play for the Day!  An acerbically brilliant satire that explores the fault line between race and property. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed for a knock-down price, enabling the first black family to move into the neighbourhood and alarming the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park, Chicago. In 2009 the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve, a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. As the arguments rage and tensions rise, ghosts and racial resentments are once more uncovered... Bruce Norris's play _Clybourne Park_ was first performed at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in February 2010. The play received its European premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2010, transferring to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End in February 2011. The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com if you would like the URL link for the session.     If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.  Cast: 3f 5m In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Clybourne Park' by Bruce Norris has a central diversity message notably an exploration of historical racism and its implications for contemporary  experiences. Casting specifies gender and ethnicity of roles.    This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

28th April from 19:30 to 22:00

Play Reading - Wuthering Heights

Andrew Sheridan's gripping reinvention of Emily Bronte's classic novel.  When two souls collide, the impact can resonate for all eternity. So it was – and so it is – with Heathcliff and Cathy. But if they can't be together, the world that struggles to contain them will simply shatter and burn. This adaptation is a searing and ferocious celebration of passion, of desire – and of the female imagination that created this indelible masterpiece. Exposing a very different but essentially truthful side to literature's most electric couple, it premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2020, in a production directed by Bryony Shanahan, joint Artistic Director of the theatre. Cast: 5M, 5F   The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com  if you would like the URL link for the session.     If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com  so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.    In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. The story of 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte adapted by Andrew Sheridan has no specific gender or ethnicity requirements and would benefit from a mixed ethnicity cast, reflective of modern day Yorkshire.    This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books to ensure that artists continue to receive the royalties due to them. 

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

26th May from 19:30 to 22:00

Play Reading - 'Noughts And Crosses' By Malorie Blackman Adapted By Sabrina Mahfouz

Please note change of date.  Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife-edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger. This gripping _Romeo and Juliet _story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. Sabrina Mahfouz’s stage adaptation first toured the UK in 2019 and won the Excellence in Touring category at the UK Theatre Awards. It was commissioned and presented by Pilot Theatre in co-production with Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal. Large Cast.  The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com  if you would like the URL link for the session.     If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on lucyhayton@hotmail.com  so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.    In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. The story of 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte adapted by Andrew Sheridan has a diversity story at its centre and is a love story set in a society divided by racial bigotry and a world rocked by terrorism.   This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books to ensure that artists continue to receive the royalties due to them.   

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

7th July from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Bar

In the Bar

18th August from 20:00 to 21:00
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